A moon shaped board book, silver
stars, holeless beads, plastic pearls, Tyvec, imitation silver leaf, acrylic
paints, tissue paper, silver and blue embroidery threads, Dorland's Cold Wax,
glitter, Judi-Kins Colbalt Blue Rox, alphabet stickers, Sennilier silver oil
pastel, and Golden mediums: soft gel (matte), modeling paste, fluid gloss medium;
and Liquitex mediums: glass beads and ceramic stucco.
When it came right down to making use of this book, I couldn't think of anything more creative than doing something about the moon. So I started thinking about the moon, and I went outside to have a look. It was one of those cold, crisp nights. No fog. No haze. Just one glowing white moon and a gillion piercing dots of starlight. What makes the moon so appealing? When it's full it looks just like a silver pond waiting for me to dive into. And that image gave me the idea for my poem. It started out pretty long and rambling, but I relentlessly winowed it down to its essence, and when I was done, it was just the right length for a line on every double page spread of the book.
I like to work in board books because of their sturdiness and size. The thing I don't like about them is the plastic coating which covers all the pages. Paints and glues don't stick to it very well, so I always begin a board book by sanding every page, front and back, cleaning off the dust with a baby wipe, and then painting the pages with gesso or white acrylic paint. It's like preparing a canvas.
I also measured and cut strips of Tyvec to on which to write my poem. Looking at the book now, I wish I had printed my poem out on the computer instead of handwriting it. I think the text would have looked more polished that way.
Making the cover of my book was so much fun because I got to add all kinds of sparkly things. I put a piece of wax paper under the cover page to protect the rest of the book. On my palette (a cream cheese lid) I mixed up a pearly concoction using Golden modeling paste, cheap pearlescent acrylic paint, and glitter. Then I used a palette knife to spread it across the cover of the book, fluffing it up, just the way I would if I was frosting a cake. I let it start to set, and then I stuck in little silver stars, cheap pearls, tiny holeless beads, mica chips and sprinkles of glitter.
When the book was all finished, I repeated the process on the back cover, although I didn't make the fluffy peaks quite as high, and I left off the pearls and stars so it wouldn't be too lumpy.
The First Page
I feel the pull of the winter moon
On this page I laid down two coats of silver acrylic paint. While the paint was still tacky, I stuck down little pieces of imitation silver leaf. After that dried, I used a circle stencil and white pearlescent stamping ink to make the little circles around the edges of the spread.
The Second Page
Naked, my body sends gentle ripples
Before I decorated this page, I made myself
a sandwich. Not pastrami on rye, a tissue paper sandwich. This is how I did
it: First, I taped a piece of freezer paper on my work table to protect it.
Next I painted two cheap pieces of tissue paper with fluid gloss medium. The
tissue paper will get very wet and soaked through and will be a little fragile
until it dries. After a while and before it dries all the way, you should lift
the paper up, and move it to a new location on the freezer wrap so it doesn't
stick to the paper. After the first side is dry, turn it over and repeat the
process. When the tissue is thoroughly dry, you're going to be amazed at how
tough it is. It will look like a sheet of transparent plastic.
The Third Page
Afte a time, I lift myself, dripping,
Compared with the last page, this one was a breeze. All I did was mix Liquitex's glass beads medium with soft gel medium and spread it over the book page. After it was dry, I painted it with blue acrylics. Then I decorated the edge with some Cobalt Blue Rox from Judi-Kins.
The Last Page
She hold me there in her lap of light
Again, this page was fast and
easy. I used Liquitex's Ceramic Stucco medium and smooshed it roughly around
the pages. Before it dried, I used a piece of cardboard that had holes punched
in it, laid it on top of the damp stucco, and then spread more stucco on top
to make the raised circles on the page.
To finish the book, I put a
heavy piece of decorated paper around the outside spine to reinforce it a bit.
I also used a silver Krylon leafing pen around the book edges.
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